The worker shortage in this sector, as well as exploding inflation, are all factors that favour workers at this time. However, their membership in the Teamsters Union is what allowed them to stand together and obtain these substantial increases.
— François Laporte, President of Teamsters Canada
Laval, August 17, 2022 – The 40 bus drivers working at Galland Mont-Tremblant ratified a new four-year work contract by a majority last Monday evening.
Several improvements were obtained, but the highlight is the substantial wage increases as soon as the collective agreement is in place.
Hourly rates for these workers are being increased retroactively to May 1 and will range from $22 to $24 as of December 1. Thereafter, they will be increased according to the Consumer Price Index on December 1, 2023, 2024 and 2025.
That means we are talking about increases approaching 20% for the entire duration of the collective agreement. The previous contract expired on April 30.
“The worker shortage in this sector, as well as exploding inflation, are all factors that favour workers at this time. However, their membership in the Teamsters Union is what allowed them to stand together and obtain these substantial increases,” explained the president of Teamsters Canada, François Laporte.
But it’s the work of an entire team that makes the gains possible.
“I would like to emphasize the excellent work of the bargaining committee, as well as that of Brother Denis Ouellette, our union representative,” said Jean Chartrand, president of Teamsters Local Union 106. “The solidarity of the members and their negotiation strategy have brought excellent results.”
The Teamsters Union represents 125,000 members in Canada. They are affiliated with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which has 1.4 million members in North America.
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